Nigeria: Resumption of public executions: death penalty action circular 03/94

Nigeria: Resumption of public executions: death penalty action circular 03/94

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Index Number: AFR 44/012/1994
Date Published: 11 October 1994
Categories: Africa, Nigeria

There is concern that the military government under General Sani Abacha has restored mass public executions by firing squad. These executions often follow trials by special courts, like the Robbery and Firearms Tribunal and the Civil Disturbances Tribunal, which do not conform to international standards for a fair trial. Several mass public executions have taken place, the most recent being in August 1994 in Enugu, when 38 prisoners were executed. One man apparently survived, but he was put in the same lorry as the corpses and driven away. His eventual fate is unknown.


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